My Top Three Complaints Against my Mother-in-law

1. First of all, my mother-in-law is way too dependable. Every single time I am hospitalized, she immediately rushes over to our house and adopts our dogs, rescuing them from where my husband locked them in his office so they wouldn’t interfere with the team of EMTs who load me into the ambulance. She brings them home with her and takes care of them for as long as I’m in the hospital because Evan can’t leave me (he is the only one who knows how to align my communication device).

2. Probably the most annoying thing about my mother-in-law is how hardworking she is. In addition to rescuing our dogs, each time I am hospitalized she does a deep clean of the bedroom. Once, I vomited 15 times in seven hours, and she changed the crusty sheets and pillowcase! Who needs that kind of love?

3. The final thing that really, really bothers me is how she’s so generous with her time. Seriously, you would think she lives to serve! She runs constant errands for me, picking up everything from medicine to adult diapers at the pharmacy at a moment’s notice. Then, when overnight caregivers can’t make it, she stays up for hours and hours in the middle of the night listening for the ventilator alarm so Evan can rest before taking care of me the next day. For such a little woman, she sure has a mighty engine!

Happy Mother’s Day, Brenda!

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